Category Archives for Plants & Trees

Wildlife in our Hedgerows

Nature’s Highways As they travel in search of food, mates and shelter, animals follow their own ‘highways’ – the hedgerows, walls, fences and rivers that thread the countryside of Britain. Much of the British landscape is made up of a … Continue reading

18. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Our Patchwork Landscape

The term ‘patchwork landscape’ may convey an idea of randomness, a mixed assemblage of woodland edge, scrub, hedgerow and open ground – but its character is quite distinct, its origins and development easily traceable. However diverse, it represents a broad … Continue reading

03. November 2016 by Dave Pinkney
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The Right Plants for the Right Place

The art of good gardening lies in knowing what to plant where. It’s quite easy to find out what individual plants need — for example sun or shade, damp or well drained soil — if you buy plants from a … Continue reading

26. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Making a Garden Pond

Making a Pond Ponds are ideal for encouraging lots of wildlife into your garden as well as adding significantly to the overall visual appeal. They are a great source of interest and education, particularly for children. However, since they can … Continue reading

26. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Trees and Shrubs

Trees are ideal for providing height for the back row of a mixed border. Most small gardens don’t have a lot of room for trees, so you must choose carefully. There are plenty of very attractive decorative kinds that won’t … Continue reading

24. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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All About Lawns

WHY HAVE A LAWN AT ALL? Although it is easy to assume – mistakenly – that a lawn does not need any attention once it is established, it is true that it is easier and quicker to maintain than a … Continue reading

24. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Climbing and Wall Plants

Introduction Walls in a garden provide an opportunity for growing some special plants. Most walls provide shelter and so some extra warmth which may enable a plant to flourish in a district with a colder climate than its native country. … Continue reading

24. May 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Flowering almond | Prunus triloba

This deciduous member of the Rosaceae family is native to China and is a real eye-catcher on balconies and terraces in spring. The pale pink double flowers are produced on the previous year’s wood. This bushy, densely branched shrub grows … Continue reading

27. January 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Catmint: Nepeta x faassenii

Nepeta, a member of the Labiatae family, grows everywhere in the northern hemisphere. It is a bushy, clump-forming perennial with lavender-blue flowers arranged in whorls on long, dainty spikes. The silver-green leaves of N. x faassenii exude a distinctive aroma … Continue reading

10. December 2013 by Dave Pinkney
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Apple Mint: Mentha Suavolens

The Mentha genus, a member of the Labiatae family, numbers 25 species of aromatic, perennial herbs that are native to Europe, Africa and Asia. Apple mint grows around the Mediterranean and is very popular because of its aroma and taste, … Continue reading

10. December 2013 by Dave Pinkney
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